Winter Mardi Gras on Jan. 17 Raises Funds for Student Trip

Party, auction of art and services at Gallery 66 NY

On Jan. 17, Haldane’s 2015 senior class will be hosting a fundraiser and party at Gallery 66 NY. The class is celebrating a “Winter Mardi Gras” art fundraiser to help pay for their senior trip to New Orleans where the students will work with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes. It is a way to support the kids, the community and the continued rebuilding in New Orleans.

"Rabbit" by Judith Rose

“Rabbit” by Judith Rose

Many artists from the area have donated artwork and services for a silent auction. There are works donated by artists, which include a silkscreened print by Michael Mueller, vintage prints from John Froats, a jellyfish bowl by Carla Goldberg, woodwork wall sculptures by Simon Draper and Marnie Hillsley, a fused glass bowl by Barbara Galazzo, a ceramic rabbit from Judith Rose, a vase from Lisa Knaus, a rare jazz photo taken in New Orleans by Leonard Freed, and a print of the old Fair Street gas pumps by Brian Harrold. There are also artworks of a few European artists.

Students have donated works and services such as tutoring or dog walking.

"I Hate to Complain ... But" by Julius Salamander

“I Hate to Complain … But” by Julius Salamander

Donated artworks are currently on exhibit at Gallery 66 NY, 66 Main St. in Cold Spring, with the party and auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. The event is open to all; there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Reservations (made by calling 845-809-5838) are requested to have an estimate for food, which will include classic New Orleans fare like gumbo and beignets. All proceeds go to the 2015 Haldane class. Donations are also accepted from those who cannot attend but want to contribute. For more information, visit

Images courtesy Gallery 66 NY

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